Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Lavender Evening

Lavender Evening
6 x 8, pastel

As always, life gets in the way of my creating art more often than not. Yesterday morning I was determined to get into the studio and put some pastel on paper. The previous evening this beautiful sunset was on display. Having taken a picture to capture the beauty of the moment, this would be the subject of the painting. This was one of those rare occasions where the painting just sort of appeared on the paper without much effort. Love when that happens and never ever take that magic for granted.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

San Antonio Art League and Museum

Scenes from Above--Cyclist
12 x 16, pastel

Been waiting anxiously for this day to arrive. Back in January I entered this painting in the San Antonio Art League and Museum in their first on-line submission process. It was accepted and delivered for the juror to judge along with all accepted entries. The last time I had a winning entry I was notified the following week. When that didn't happen, I was still thrilled that it had been accepted at all and to add to the joy, the image was used on the announcement/postcard!

Much to my surprise I was notified that I had, in fact, won an award on March 14. So I have had to wait all this time to find out. Today was the day! The show opened and will run until May 26, at 130 King William, San Antonio.  

I am humbled to win the Betty Rihn Keller Memorial Award. There are so many beautiful and varied pieces of art on display. Thank you to judge/juror, Michael Ettema, for choosing my entry as deserving an award.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mountain Laurel Spring

Mountain Laurel Spring
6 x 8, pastel

Decided to take a few photos of the last of the blooming mountain laurels. They were so beautiful and smelled so wonderful this year. So as I positioned the camera. this visitor decided to just barge in. It didn't matter how close I got, he didn't budge. So enjoyed the opportunity that the serendipity of the moment provided. It is the little things that can bring the most joy sometimes.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Really Blessed and "What Bird Seed??"

What Bird Seed??
10 x 10, pastel

This has been the most amazing month in so many ways regarding my art. It started off with a wonderful workshop with Margaret Dyer, taking me way out of my comfort zone with painting the figure from life. She was so inspiring. But then it continued that following Thursday when I learned that she had awarded me the first ever Britta Herzog Award for Creativity at the Austin Pastel Society Juried Member Exhibition!!

The blessings have continued these last 5 days with sales of my paintings both at the Gallerie at Gruene and online! All I can say is God is Good and I am blessed beyond measure. 

We have deer in our yard ALL the time. They love our shrubs but they also love the bird seed. I have been wanting to paint this subject for awhile and since I was needing to replace a painting at the Gallerie, now was the time. This was so fun to create! When I took the reference photo, the deer had such a surprised, 'oh, I've been caught' look. Love it!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Wow, Just Wow!

Scenes from Above....Stroller
12" x 12", pastel
2018 Britta Herzog Award
Recipient
Austin Pastel Society Juried Member Exhibition

What a wonderful surprise to receive this honor this afternoon! Today was the awards program for the annual Austin Pastel Society Juried Member Exhibition. Fifty pieces of art were juried in by judge and juror, Margaret Dyer. So many fabulous pieces of art are on display.

The last award given was a new one to this venue, given in honor of Britta Herzog, a Charter member of the Austin Pastel Society. Britta was a vibrant member of the APS, who lost a tough battle with cancer. The membership wanted to honor her memory with an award for creativity at the show. 

Unfortunately, I had few chances to really get  know this special woman. But I am humbled to be the first recipient of this award in her honor.

The Austin Pastel Society Member Exhibition will be open to the public at the Corridor of Art, 700 Lavaca, Austin through April 30, Monday -.Friday. Hope you can get by to see it if you are in the area.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rufous

Rufous
6 x 6, pastel

Never before have I seen one of these beauties! During our 20 degree days back in January, he came and sat at the empty feeder that was still hanging. (I know I am bad) Fortunately, I just happened to see him. Brought in the feeder and scrubbed it and another, and made fresh food. For the next 2 days I would change the feeders about every hour and a half because by that time it was starting to freeze. He hung around during the cold snap, left, then returned during the next cold spell. I have some cute pictures of him all puffed up sitting in the lemon tree.....so very cold!

The Lord sure blessed the world with some beautiful creatures!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Naptime

Naptime
8 x 15, pastel

The latest off the easel! Man, am I ready for some spring weather!!! So tired of this gray, drizzle that it inspired me to paint one of my sweet little fawns from last year. A little wishful thinking on my part.

It will be here sooner than you might think. The does are plumping out with the new crop to come...can't wait. They are just so sweet and cute, even if they do eat the shrubs.

This painting will be hanging in the Gallerie at Gruene. Drop by and check it out in person!!

Update! When hanging this at the Gallerie, a fellow artist (male) said Precious was too foofoo a name! So Precious became Naptime, and currently resides in Rogers, Arkansas!!!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Twilight

Twilight
8" x 8", pastel

I have been working on a large watercolor for a week or two. I had forgotten just how slow I am with the watercolor process. It is taking forever......at least it seems that way to me. So, to see if I could even remember how......I decided to paint a sunset in pastel. 

Do not remember when the reference photo was taken, but I love the contrast of dark blue against the orange. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Evening Splendor

Evening Splendor
8 x 8, pastel

My bad......I thought that I had already posted this painting. As it turns out I had not even saved a  photo on my computer!  Painting the grandeur of the sky can be a humbling experience. The majesty of the clouds and lovely colors are exquisite. 

The super, blue, blood moon occurs in the morning. Sure wish I could get myself up in time to see it, but then I would need to drive a ways in order to see it. Love the trees here, but they do hinder the view of beautiful skies.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Dusk in the Desert

Dusk in the Desert
9" x 12", pastel

Was trying to get another painting in before Christmas, that wasn't a commissioned piece! I came across this desert photo in my photos. Always a sucker for a sunset, they can be so breath taking.

Hope you have a Blessed New Year!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Compassion

Compassion
10"x 10", pastel

A surprise Christmas gift for my son. His fiance', yearly, makes a trip to Guatamala with a group of fellow medical staff to give their time/services to treat conditions (birth defects) of children. This year was no different. I could not help myself, I was so touched by the photo of her recovering this child, I had to paint it.  

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Artist of the Year Competition




Excited that I have an opportunity to compete for the New Braunfels Art League Artist of the Year. Eligibility depended upon winning a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place award in one of the monthly shows of 2017. Participants are required to display 3 paintings as a body of work to be judged for the honor of Artist of the Year.

I created a new series for the competition entitled Scenes from Above. The painting above is one of my 3 entries and was used on the poster. As you can see, it is a different view point!

Hope you can at least drop by to see the show during the month, if you are unable to be there for the award ceremony!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Gracy

Gracy
10x10, pastel

Pleased that now I can reveal this Christmas commission of Gracy. She was really fun to paint, those sparkling eyes! This was the first painting where I had to paint a tongue head on....somewhat tricky. But as always a great learning experience.

Hope you had a Blessed Christmas and looking forward to a wonderful New Year!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Golden Sunset

Golden Sunset
8"x8", pastel

This was the scene that greeted me a month or so ago while walking my dog. It was just so gorgeous and I did my best to recreate it. There is this thing called, artistic license, and I took liberties to adjust my painting. You see, the entire lower right side of the scene was a paved road. Now that just wasn't very conducive to a lovely painting. I must have done ok because it found a new home today. Being in the Gallerie at Gruene these past months has been a great blessing! 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Naughty or Nice.......

Naughty or Nice....
7" x 5", watercolor

Hopefully, everyone I have addresses for have received their Christmas card this year! If not, spoiler alert!!!! Been painting my Christmas cards for a number of years, but this is the second year for a Santa. My husband decided this was the one he preferred and wouldn't you know, his sister said he did indeed looks like a Naughty Santa with my husbands eyes!!!!!  No wonder he liked this pose!

With all the turmoil in the world, I am praying for God's Peace and Love for All!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunset in Lavender

Sunset in Lavender
6" x 8", pastel

There is never a shortage of subject matter when one paints the sky. If it isn't painting worthy, just wait awhile and all that will change. Texas sunsets are often breath taking! So fortunate to live here.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Oh, Yeah!

Oh, Yeah!
11 x 7, watercolor

Last week I had every intention of trying to paint a painting every day in November as many painters have been doing for several years..... 30 in 30 Painting Challenge.  This was the first painting. This cat was so trying to scratch just that perfect place! Very fortunate to catch him in this perfect post.

Oh, the 30 in 30....isn't going to happen for me. I did paint 3 in 3 the first days of November! The third one is a gift to a special person and will not be revealed till the first of the year. Then, I did not paint again until this morning..... it will be revealed soon! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Let Freedom Ring.....

Let Freedom Ring...
7"x 11", watercolor
Matted to 14" x 11"

Couldn't watch the Stros last night, get just too nervous when I want a team to win so badly! So I spent the time painting.

This painting was on my heart. My heart breaks at the lack of respect being shown to our flag, country, servicemen/women by those who take their freedoms for granted. Freedoms that came from others willing to step up and serve this great nation.

The eagle is a resident of Long Lake in Wisconsin. We visited friends there several years ago. Juveniles and this adult eagle were in the treetops........so very majestic!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Spring Duo


 
Spring Duo
20" x 10", pastel

This duo was one of several mama/baby pairs that graced our backyard this summer. Always enjoy watching the fawns romp and play as they grow. We had fewer fawns this year than in years past and not sure of the reason. Hoping that next spring I will have more subject matter to choose from!

This painting and others are available at the Gallerie at Gruene.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Meet Cowboy

Cowboy
9" x 12", pastel
Commission

Isn't that the sweetest face you have ever seen? Commissions are a double edged sword... so appreciative that someone would think I could create a lasting memory, but at the same time wondering if I can really pull it off! When I was approached by Cowboy's loving human to create a  memory of the 'old boy', I was a little concerned until I saw the reference photo. It was awesome! Then my concern was, could I do it justice!

Cowboy was unveiled to his human today and he was very pleased. I was thrilled. I know the pain of losing a loved pet. My heart felt good that I had a part in a lasting memory that they can hang in their home.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Signora Italiana

Signora Italiana
10 x 8, pastel

Presenting the third painting of this favorite subject. As I have told before she was working in Citta Della Pieve during a festival. She had marionettes attached to her knees and feet that she made dance as she played her accordion.....wonderful memories of a fabulous trip.

She was entered in the Artoberfest art show at the New Braunfels Art League and tonight won second place in her catagory! This woman has been very very good to me.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Second, no wait, third painting of this perky little painted bunting, but it is the first one in watercolor. If we are lucky, a couple of pairs visit us each spring. This little guy was photographed on the ground, believe it or not. But that just did not lend itself to an interesting painting. Can you believe it, I took artistic license and changed the background. I just may get the hang of this painting thing one of these days!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Wurst Tradition

Wurst Tradition
16.5 x 11, pastel

This is a special commission of a milestone in this family, dad's 25th year as an Opa and son's first. You have to be from New Braunfels to fully understand the significance. Wurstfest is a big deal here. It is not just a week of celebrating all things sausage and beer, the association supports the community.

Being the second commission for this family, it was an honor to be asked to complete it. I had my doubts when the idea and photo reference were provided, but the clients, my friends, are pleased. And I am, too!


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Struttin'

Struttin'
12 x 6, pastel

This was a fun painting, my first ever rooster! He lives at a feed store in town. When the decision was made that this would be the subject, his surroundings were my conundrum. Being a prisoner to the photo reference is a habit to lose. His surroundings of feed bags and cement just didn't suit his personality. So the feed bags and cement were left at the store.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Today Was a First!



Autumn Repose
8x10, pastel

Today was a first! Received a call while I was working in San Diego on Saturday. The gentleman had seen my paintings at the Bijou Theater in San Antonio during July. He and his wife were interested in 3 of my paintings. I returned home yesterday. Well, today, I had the pleasure of meeting both he and his wife and delivering these 3 paintings! Many thanks, Mr. and Mrs. G!

Hill Country Couple
12x12, pastel

Autumn Creek
11x14, pastel